Thursday July 02, 2015
Labour Congress president set to take bill C-377 to court
"The public and union members should have the right to know how their money is being spent. C-377 gives them that right." - Conservative MP Russ Hiebert
It took years of debate, but Conservative MP Russ Hiebert seems to have finally emerged victorious. His union transparency legislation, Bill C-377, the one he's championed since 2012, is set to become law.
It was muscled through the Senate by a Conservative majority and passed on the eve of Canada Day.
But Canadian unions are not prepared to call it a done deal. They see this as a direct attack on them and their members, and are vowing to fight it.
For some insight into the bill, we were joined by BuzzFeed Canada politics reporter Emma Loop in Ottawa.
As you can imagine, this legislation has been a hot topic amongst organized labour groups.
- Hassan Yussuf is the President of the Canadian Labour Congress in Ottawa.
- John Mortimer is the president of Canadian Labour Watch Association, a self-described employee advocacy group that came out in favour of the bill. He was in Vancouver.
This segment was produced by The Current's Ines Colabrese, Marc Apollonio and Howard Goldenthal.
Controversial Bill Targeting Unions Will Become Law - BuzzFeed Canada
PMO uses majority to force through Bill C-377 - Canadian Labour Congress
Union finance bill passes - The Canadian Press
Conservative Senators pass anti-union Bill C-377 - Press Progress